Today’s wedding photographer Mario of Mario Nixon Photography, based in the lovely Bahamas! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m a Bahamas based professional photographer specializing in Destination Weddings, Events and Portraits. I live in the Bahamian capital Nassau but I’ll travel all over the country for assignments. I’ve been shooting for 15 years and have captured over 500 destination weddings. I’ve done various types of photography during my career: studio, commercial and fashion to name a few. I find my varied photography experience comes in very handy for wedding work where lighting situations are so dynamic. In my free time I love going to the beach traveling and attending sports events of all types.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into wedding photography?

Photography happened completely by chance. I had zero interest it. I started shooting at the Atlantis Resort after completing my math degree at a local college. The job was only suppose to last until I found a school to pursue a mechanical engineering degree However I started to like it and turned into a career.

What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

Bridal portraits once the bride has completed her preparation.

What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

I’ve observed a few awkward moments over the years. One that stands out most was a beach wedding on Paradise Island. The groom’s ring was attached to the petal droppers basket. It fell off as she dropped the petals during the processional. She walked over it pushing is pretty deep into the sand. 15 minutes into the ceremony we come to the part where rings are to be exchanged. That’s when everyone realized the groom’s ring was missing. This is a platinum Tiffany’s wedding band by the way. Now that was awkward. There ceremony stopped for about 5 minutes. The Planner advise us to continue while she started looking for the ring in the sand. When it ended I snapped photos of the coupe while the minister , taxi driver and two nice German tourist joined the search for the ring. When I got done with the photos I joined the search as well. On top of losing the ring the suns was setting and the couple had to return to their cruise ship which was leaving that evening. With no metal detector available we all searched on our hands and knees ( At one point there were six of us searching). In total took 2.5 hours to find the ring. I was able to locate it using the photos I snapped of the petal dropper to determine the area where it fell.

What is your favorite venue and why?

There are many beautiful venues in the Bahamas. My favorite venue by far is The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The reason is it has tons of backdrop options. I love variety.

Nikon or Canon?

Canon Guy

What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I’d love to shoot in Tuscany.

If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

Wow I’ve actually never thought about this one before. Presently I’d have to say Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. I like their Chemistry. I think they would be great to work with.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be patient. It takes time to develop your own style and brand. Digital photography makes it so much easier to get started in the business. But building a successful business still requires a lot of hard word, marketing, consistency and patience.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

Some important things to keep in mind when selecting a photographer are as follows: Try to find an experienced photographer. Someone that’s been at it for a number years and has a large body of work in many different locations and lighting situations. Look for variety in their portfolio. Take time to go through as much of their work as possible. Ask to access a gallery from a single wedding so that you can see how they shoot the whole event. Hand picked portfolio images don’t often tell the whole story. Ask questions about shooting style.  Give the photographer a basic idea of the kind of coverage you want. Photo examples are great if you have specific things in mind. Shot lists are great as long as they are not too long. Keep them concise. If there too many things to think about it can interrupt a photographers’ natural creative flow. Lastly try to meet the photographer before the wedding. If that is not possible at least have a phone conversation. It’s good if you can establish rapport and get a feel for the person’s energy. Chemistry with your photographer is important to final result. Images tend to be much better when you feel comfortable and work well with your photographer.

Thanks Mario! For more information about Mario Nixon Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.

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